First spud guns, and now the Toilet Paper Cannon. Essentially a glorified spud gun, the homemade contraption launches rolls of toilet paper gracefully through the air. Unlike potatoes, rolls of toilet paper have this rather inconvenient hole (well, inconvenient for use as a projectile anyway) right through their centers. This necessitates the use of wadding to ensure successful launches, but should not in any way impede your participation in TP’ing your neighbors house. Not that we would condone such a thoughtless act. Nope, not us . . . uh-uh, no way . . . well . . . just don’t get caught okay?
Plans are available for approximately $10 USD.
While never having experienced the phenomenon myself, I hear that dogs like to get a hold of miscellaneous items with the intent to chew them to shreds. Of course, this would be particularly bad if Fido grabbed hold of an expensive gadget. Now, replace your iPod with an iPaw, and the internal squeaky toy keeps your dog at bay for hours on end (we would imagine.) The “device” features a tiny dog print where the click-wheel might be, and a gray (silver) back with a larger paw print. The iPaw is about 5-inches tall, and retails for $10.50.
Battleship - the classic game that has been re-rolled into countless variations, and spawned way too many imitators to count. Another version has now arrived to satisfy the inner cravings of the legions of Star Wars fans…Star Wars Battleship (how do they come up with these truly inspired names?). It follows the same vein of thought as previous versions of electronic Battleship in that it allows for 1 or 2 players, has different game modes, and of course, it talks. No longer will the screams of “You sank my battleship!” be heard throughout the house. No, should you take the plunge, the new battle cry will become “You sank my Mon Calamari Cruiser!”. The pleasure will cost you $60 USD.
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GPX, maker of electronic items that are
cheap, disposable, and usually not worth their weight in peanuts
of fine quality, has been contracted by Crayola (yes, the crayon people) to produce a series of audio/video products carrying the Crayola brand. The product line includes a 13” TV/DVD combo, an MP3 player, CD boombox with Illustration Station, a pocket radio, calculator, and a clock radio with a color-changing night light to soothe your inner beast (plus a voice-recordable alarm). Although crayons are the first thing that comes to mind when the name Crayola pops up, a representative for Crayola is quoted as saying that “Today(s) customers equate the brand with color, fun, quality and self-expression”. The new products certainly are colorful, and given that they will coincide with the back-to-school period later this year, they’re sure to be popular with their target audience.
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There are times I wish I was a Japanese brain just so I can see how I would come up with these types of ideas. The title of this entry says it all - a yo-yo, tamagotchi-type pet, and a music player rolled into one.
Not only does it grow by listening to your music, but it memorizes phrases and composes tunes that you can listen to.
It’s even compatible with other Otoizms. When connected they dance with each other. Otoizm was displayed at Toy Forum 2006 in Tokyo and will retail for about $29.
Read More | Gizmodo
We really thought we’d seen just about everything - we were wrong. We came across iAttire, a company devoted to outfitting…your iPod. Their selection ranges from the feminine to the masculine, from the cute to the absurd, and there’s a costume to fit any iPod - even the Shuffle and Nano. These aren’t the silicone wetsuits you’re used to - these are actual, honest-to-goodness costumes for the iPod, including a whole line of “Valentines Day” themed outfits like a chiffon negligee, boxer shorts, or even a corset.
The rest of the line covers just about every fashion you’d think to, er, dress your iPod in, from Pop Diva to Fairy Princess. And for the boys (is your iPod a boy or a girl?) there are a variety of manly disguises, like the Pirate, Cowboy and even Santa Claus - and here we were, thinking the iPod madness couldn’t get any crazier. We’ll give points for creativity and good fit, however, who’d have thought to make iPod costumes?!
The best part? They’re planning on releasing a series of iPod Portraits painted on velvet. Oh, the cheese of it! While my iPod is perfectly happy lounging about naked (that perverted iPod!), we’ve got to admit, iAttire has a great idea - it sure brought a smile to our faces.
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Here’s something for doggie lovers around the world. Snackshotz Pellet Gun is a plastic pistol that fires disc-shaped treats up to 12 feet away. The idea behind this product is to help your lazy dogs get their exercise in a fun way for both of you. I suppose the ever increasing obesity problem in canines sparked the concept. The dog is supposed to react to the sound of the trigger, triggering his need to find the disc treat. Comes in beef, chicken, MightyMint flavors. The site features a funny video of a fat bulldog chasing a few of these in someone’s apartment.
We love insanely odd gadgets from the Orient. Today, Sega’s iFish has caught our attention. The iFish is basically a toy fish that “swims” across your desk on two wheels. It plays 50 “healing” sounds (read: nature, oceans) and reacts to movement with light effects built into it’s head. Hook it up to a music source, and the iFish will move and groove to the beat, similar to the way the iDog does it’s thing. If you want to import, check out Brando where you can pick one up for $64.90 USD. The iFish hits stores in Japan later this month.
Read More | iFish Product Page (Japanese)
This year Interactive Toy Concepts (ITC) is unveiling the world’s smallest, most stable and lightest indoor helicopter, the Micro Mosquito. In the vein of our aforementioned miniature flying helicopter, the Micro Mosquito is the world’s smallest, lightest and most stable indoor helicopter. Only inches long, its packed with high-tech ingenuity as this flying wonder fits in the palm of your hand. Based on award-winning coaxial rotor design, the Micro Mosquito flies in all directions with 3 channel digital control going up, down, forward, reverse, turning left and right and it even hovers. Its open structure design combined with glowing green eyes lets you see the inner workings while you watch in awe at its total control flight performance. A great gadget toy for the home or office.
Check out what just might officially be the absolute coolest USB peripheral devised for the purposes of world domination. These USB air darts can be controlled with a mouse, and are compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. Now that’s cool. Get yours from Marks & Spencer for £19.50 - about $33.50 USD for us stateside types.